Building New Careers supports individuals with entering the building and construction trades. 

We work with local labor unions, apprenticeship programs, and other partners to teach job skills and offer academic credentials needed for individuals to enter jobs in building and construction. We especially support individuals who may be struggling to find a job, including individuals with a criminal record, those without a high school diploma, and veterans. 

Jobs in the trades offer an opportunity to earn a living wage and advance in a career. Program participants earn while they learn,  through apprenticeships, stipends, and on-the-job training. They can earn credit toward an associate's degree, and work toward earning their journey-person's credential in trades, including bricklayers/masonry, carpentry, construction, electrical, plaster/drywall, plumbing, and steamfitting. Learn more about your options and what to consider in this article


  • Association of General Contractors
  • Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families
  • Iowa Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
  • Iowa Department of Economic Development
  • Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Iowa State Building and Construction Trades
  • Joint Training Apprenticeship Coordinators Committee
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs


Bob Brown
Building New Careers Program Manager